Visitors at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings visitor event held in the Dye House building © Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Visit Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Come and explore one of the most important historic buildings in the world. The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings visitor centre is open to the public - and it's free!

Visitor centre

The centre brings together interpretations of the mill's role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:

  • The impact of the building's revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture
  • How flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which include a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards
  • Details of the mill's machinery and technology
  • Working conditions at the mill, including child labour
  • The change of use from flaxmill to maltings and the malting process

The opening of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings visitor centre is the first phase of an exciting project with Historic England working in partnership with Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council to restore this historic site and secure its future. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant is enabling the second phase of restoration to go ahead. Once completed, the buildings will provide a mixed use development with community, residential and commercial facilities.

Visitors at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings visitor event held in the Dye House building © Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Opening times

  • November to March, Saturdays only 10am to 4pm
  • April to October, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Closed over Christmas and New Year

Follow @historicengland and @flax_maltings to stay up to date with the project.

Launch of the new Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings virtual tour

We’re saying #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players with this special event on Sunday 24 November 2019

At Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings we want to say #ThanksToYou and all the National Lottery players who have helped make the restoration of the Main Mill and Kiln possible. This year is the 25th Birthday of The National Lottery, and we’re excited to celebrate the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 25 years. If you play, then you contributed to The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £20.7 million that has made this project possible.

And, to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday you are invited to join Historic England and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings in the Visitor Centre for the launch of our new virtual tour. Be the first to see this new addition to the Centre whilst enjoying seasonal mulled wine and mince pies.

This innovative new tour format will take you inside the Main Mill and show you around without actually setting foot inside the building. Through the virtual tour and accompanying talks you will be able to see progress made so far and hear about what is happening at the moment as well as future plans for the site.

You will hear lots of interesting facts about the history of both the Flax Mill and the Maltings and how the buildings have adapted over time.

We will also share some fun facts about the restoration and how such a big construction challenge has, at times, required some truly innovative thinking.

Working collaboratively, The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Historic England are bringing this building back to life. Representatives of both will be there on the day to answer your questions.

You need to bring your proof of National Lottery ticket purchase with you on the day, and don’t forget to wrap up warm. We are one of hundreds of National Lottery-funded projects across the UK who are taking part in the #ThanksToYou campaign in this special Birthday year.

The event will be held on Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury, SY1 2SZ.

Pre-booking for timed slots required. Over 18’s only.

Read full T&C’s and reserve your place at this special event

Directions

Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury, SY1 2SX

Entrance off the A5191

Train: Shrewsbury station - 0.7 miles

Bus: 24, 64, 511 & 519

General view of the smithy and stable block
General view of the smithy and stable block at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, which is now home to the visitor centre © Historic England DP188957

Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

The Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings run the Visitor Centre and organise events, tours and public activities on site. When it is complete, the Friends will also manage the public visitor space within the Main Mill.

For more information about public tours, events and open days, and for general news about what is happening at the site, register to receive the Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings newsletter.

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